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World Drainage Basin High Points over 5000 m high

List is not complete, see notes below

RankDrainage BasinArea-SqKmPeak Elev-M CountryRange (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.Ganges1,645,637Mount Everest8848China/NepalCentral Nepal Himalaya 
2.Indus1,006,625K28614China/PakistanKarakoram 
2.Tarim He977,148K28614China/PakistanKarakoram 
4.Yangtze1,745,204Gongga Shan7556ChinaWest Sichuan Ranges 
5.Aral Sea1,289,889Pik Ismail Samani7495TajikistanPamir 
6.Colorado [Arg]404,358Aconcagua6962ArgentinaCentral Argentina-Chile Andes 
7.Salween271,227Sepu Kangri6956ChinaNyainqêntanglha Shan 
8.Puna de Atacama44,544Ojos del Salado6893Argentina/ChilePuna de Atacama 
9.Santa11,786Nevado Huascarán6746PeruPeruvian Andes 
10.Mekong803,785Kawagebo6740ChinaParallel Gorges Area 
11.Amazon6,067,151Yerupajá6617PeruPeruvian Andes 
11.Pativilca4,658Yerupajá6617PeruPeruvian Andes 
13.Maipo15,193Cerro Tupungato6565Argentina/ChileCentral Argentina-Chile Andes 
14.Parana2,664,486Nevado de Cachi6380ArgentinaPuna de Atacama 
15.Huang He835,345Amnye Maqen6282ChinaWest Sichuan Ranges 
16.Lake Balqash481,666Mramornaya Stepa6220China/KazakhstanCentral Tien Shan 
17.Elqui9,442Cerro los Olivares6216Argentina/ChileCentral Argentina-Chile Andes 
18.Yukon852,151Mount McKinley6194United StatesAlaska Range 
18.Susitna53,408Mount McKinley6194United StatesAlaska Range 
20.Huasco9,971Cerro del Toro6168Argentina/ChileCentral Argentina-Chile Andes 
21.Copiapo18,702Cerro Azufre6052ChilePuna de Atacama 
22.Copper63,961Mount Logan5956CanadaSaint Elias Mountains 
22.Malaspina Glacier5,650Mount Logan5956CanadaSaint Elias Mountains 
24.Aconcagua7,303Cerro Juncal5950Argentina/ChileCentral Argentina-Chile Andes 
25.Hubbard Glacier3,832Mount Logan-East Peak5898CanadaSaint Elias Mountains 
26.Pangani38,616Kilimanjaro5895TanzaniaNortheast Tanzania 
26.Galana42,739Kilimanjaro5895TanzaniaNortheast Tanzania 
26.East Africa Minor Lake Basins207,675Kilimanjaro5895TanzaniaNortheast Tanzania 
29.Magdalena262,351Pico Cristóbal Colón5776ColombiaNorth Colombia Coast 
30.Huaura5,154Santa Rosa5706PeruPeruvian Andes 
31.Caspian Sea3,304,259Elbrus5642RussiaCentral Caucasus 
32.Bering Glacier6,487Mount Saint Elias5489Canada/United StatesSaint Elias Mountains 
33.Orinoco979,653Ritacuba Blanco5410ColombiaColombian Andes 
34.Balsas113,199Volcán Popocatépetl5400MexicoCordillera Neovolcanica 
35.Jubba804,395Mount Kenya5199KenyaEast Central Kenya 
35.Tana93,734Mount Kenya5199KenyaEast Central Kenya 
37.Nile3,120,127Mount Stanley5109Congo DRC/UgandaEast Rift Valley Ranges 

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List Description

This list is a work in progess and it is not complete. The goal is to list every primary basin (defined as a basin of a river that flows into the sea, plus logically-defined internal basins) that has a high point over 5000 meters. But there are many very small coastal rivers that drain high summits that I have not yet researched. The river that drains Orizaba in Mexico is perhaps the most glaring omission, but there are others in Chile and perhaps Asia where I have overlooked a basin.

Still, the list shows many of the high peaks of the world that are also primary drainage basin high points.

 


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